The best, and only, snapshot of dirt road Americana in rural Illinois

When you’re spending upwards of 13 hours a day out on the roads that stretch between American metropolises, you find yourself with heaps of time to admire all the unusual relics that are tucked haphazardly along the countryside – and I use ‘countryside’ as a euphemism for the skeletal remains of what used to be our country’s glory days. There were the rusted old farming equipment sits beside dorky sculptures crafted out of busted tires, fanatical billboards, and more junkyards filled with dusty treasures than I could count.

In the second week of the trip, I was surprised by my route with a quick detour into Illinois. A member of the handful of states that I have never visited, skipping in through Illinois saw many hours of nothing but farmland and fields, hence its nickname as the Prairie State. During a particularly predictable stretch of interstate, I passed by a peculiar marquee sitting next to a dumpy old house on a dirt road.

With nothing better to do, I veered off the next exit and backtracked a few miles to the driveway where the sign stood. I felt a little scandalous on my first covert mission to take a picture on someone’s property, but I snapped away with my Nikon and my Canon to snag one of my favorite images from my adventure.
Antiques and what? I still want to know.

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Categories: Photo of the Day, Photography

Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

7 Comments on “The best, and only, snapshot of dirt road Americana in rural Illinois”

  1. October 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Love this!

    • October 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      Thank you, Alyssa – I loved browsing your blog just now, it’s always great to see other ladies out adventuring on the road. Safe travels!

  2. Mr. Lane
    October 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    where in illinois where you, them be my old stompin grounds.

    • October 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      I was in the very southern tip of Illinois, headed across from Kentucky to St. Louis!

  3. rtwdave
    January 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Love it


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